June 23, 2012

Review: Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel

Love can never die.
Love conquers all, so they say. But can Cupid’s arrow pierce the hearts of the living and the dead—or rather, the undead? Can a proper young Victorian lady find true love in the arms of a dashing zombie?
The year is 2195. The place is New Victoria—a high-tech nation modeled on the manners, mores, and fashions of an antique era. A teenager in high society, Nora Dearly is far more interested in military history and her country’s political unrest than in tea parties and debutante balls. But after her beloved parents die, Nora is left at the mercy of her domineering aunt, a social-climbing spendthrift who has squandered the family fortune and now plans to marry her niece off for money. For Nora, no fate could be more horrible—until she’s nearly kidnapped by an army of walking corpses.
But fate is just getting started with Nora. Catapulted from her world of drawing-room civility, she’s suddenly gunning down ravenous zombies alongside mysterious black-clad commandos and confronting “The Laz,” a fatal virus that raises the dead—and hell along with them. Hardly ideal circumstances. Then Nora meets Bram Griswold, a young soldier who is brave, handsome, noble . . . and dead. But as is the case with the rest of his special undead unit, luck and modern science have enabled Bram to hold on to his mind, his manners, and his body parts. And when his bond of trust with Nora turns to tenderness, there’s no turning back. Eventually, they know, the disease will win, separating the star-crossed lovers forever. But until then, beating or not, their hearts will have what they desire.
In Dearly, Departed, romance meets walking-dead thriller, spawning a madly imaginative novel of rip-roaring adventure, spine-tingling suspense, and macabre comedy that forever redefines the concept of undying love.

This is not the usual type of book that I'd pick up to read. I'm not really big on the whole ʺZombieʺ thing. Once I started reading it, I was delighted that it's not your typical, crazed, flesh eating frenzy that so many other zombie stories tend to be. Some are mutated to the point of being beyond and semblance of civilized human function, while others are not. The main character and many others are not completely lost to the virus. Of course, there are always good guys and bad guys both human and zombie. With startling surprises from both sides. The storyline is very intriguing. The author makes you feel empathy for both. There is always a lot going on which keeps you turning page after page. Even though it's over 470 pages long, I finished this book in just 2 short days. It's just that interesting! I'm glad I decided to give this one a read. If you like Zombies, then you'll Love this book. If you don't like them, you should give it a try anyhow. I'm sure you'll be surprised and not disappointed.

Publisher-Del Rey
Reviewer Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by~Mechele
~Thank you to Time Bandit for the donation of this book to the Read for your Future book program!~


1 comment:

  1. I've been eyeing this book for forever. It's time to take the plunge and nab it. Great review! :)


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